Oat Groat Salad

While you might not think of oats beyond steaming bowls of oatmeal or oatmeal raisin cookies, they actually have a number of uses in the kitchen. Oat groats — another name for intact, hulled oat grains — make a healthful addition to your diet. Like other whole grains, they help fight Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

I like to use oat groats in my cooking to replace rice and get their full health benefits from their fibers and minerals.

The other day I made this healthy and tasty salad. It’s kind of a remake of my Mediterranean Pasta Salad, but a notch healthier.

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Hope you like it!

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1/2 cup dry oat groats
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh basil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Soak the oat groats overnight. The following day, rinse them and place them in a sauce pan

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Cover with water and boil for about 30 minutes. Drain and rinse again with cold water

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In the meantime, slice up the zucchini and eggplant and grill them on a hot grill pan

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Remove from the pan and let me cool down, then cut the veggies into strips

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Wash the tomatoes, then cut them in half

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Wash some fresh basil and chop it up

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Place all the ingredients in a bowl, dress with salt and olive oil

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and refrigerate until ready to serve

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or just eat it right away…This was yummy and healthy and made me feel so good about myself! 😀

Love

– LittleDani

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.